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  • The commonwealth wargraves commission headstone marking the grave of William Herbert Clixby in Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta, courtesy of Charlie and findagrave website
Person Details
West Bridgford Nottingham
William Herbert was born in 1892 in West Bridgford and was the son of Frederick William, a grocer, and his second wife Betsy Ellen Clixby née Naylor of 62 Melton Road, West Bridgford. His father Frederick was born in 1856 in Gainsborough and his mother Betsy Ellen Naylor was born in 1857 also in Gainsborough. They were married in 1891; their marriage was recorded in the Holbeach registration district. They went on to have the following children all of whom were born in West Bridgford, Nottingham, William Henry b1893, Edith Ellen b1895, Norman Hugh b1897. His mother Betsy Ellen Clixby died on 26th May 1902 she was 35 yrs of age. His father was previously married in 1883 in Nottingham to Elizabeth Gilliant by whom he had the following children: John George Gilliant Clixby b1885, Ethel Mary b1886, Fred Arthur b1887, Norah b1890 his first wife died in 1890 aged 32 yrs her death was recorded in the Basford Registration District. His father married for a third time, marrying Margaret Dare in 1911; their marriage was recorded in the Basford Registration District. In the 1911 census his family are living at 62 Melton Road, West Bridgford and are shown as Frederick William 54 yrs a grocer he is living with his third wife Margaret Clixby 51 yrs (born 1860 Redditch, Worcestershire) and his children , Norah 20 yrs no occupation listed, William Henry 18 yrs a student teacher, Edith Ellen 16 yrs no occupation listed and Norman Hugh 14 yrs a scholar. His brother younger Norman enlisted on 2nd June 1916 and served with the 12th (Pioneer) and 17th (Welbeck Rangers) battalions of the Sherwood Foresters. He was discharged due to wounds on 30th April 1918.
He attended Mundella School Meadows Nottingham and was a student teacher in 1911.
30 Oct 1916
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Gunner
57th Bde HQ Royal Field Artillery
Gunner William Herbert Clixby, enlisted at Nottingham and served with the 57th Brigade Headquarters, Royal Field Artillery. He landed in France on 20th September 1915 then served in Salonika and died of heart failure at Malta on 30th October 1916. He is buried in Pieta Military Cemetery, near Valetta, Malta (grave ref D.XIV.4)
Mundella Magazine, Xmas 1916, 'Our Fallen': ‘We regret to announce the death of WH Clixby, who died on the 30th of October 1916, at the age of 24, in hospital at Malta, after having served as a Gunner in the RFA at Salonika. WH Clixby was a quiet and hard-working boy at school and a great favourite with both staff and pupils on account of his cheerful and obliging disposition. His loss is severely felt by all who knew him.’ Death notice published 7th November 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “CLIXBY. – Died in hospital, October 30th, from heart disease, Gunner W. H. Clixby, second son of F. W. Clixby, Melton-road, aged 24 years. The strife is o'er, the battle done, and now peace.” His brother, Norman Hugh Clixby enlisted on 2nd June 1916. Serving with 12th (Pioneer) and 17th (Welbeck Rangers) battalions of the Sherwood Foresters, he was discharged due to wounds on 30th April 1918. Above article and details are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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  • The commonwealth wargraves commission headstone marking the grave of William Herbert Clixby in Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta, courtesy of Charlie and findagrave website
    William Herbert Clixby - The commonwealth wargraves commission headstone marking the grave of William Herbert Clixby in Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta, courtesy of Charlie and findagrave website
  • Pietra Military Cemetery, Malta where William Herbert Clixby is buried , photograph courtesy of jJim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    William Herbert Clixby - Pietra Military Cemetery, Malta where William Herbert Clixby is buried , photograph courtesy of jJim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918